Salvia divinorum was on the hotspot on the list of drugs in the world. There are several attempts to ban it in different places in the Earth, but many of them failed though some succeeded after many tries. However, why do you think salvia divinorum became illegal on some places? Majority of the US states that banned salvia divinorum placed it under schedule one of controlled substances and that means that: it has a high potential for abuse, it has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States, and there is a lack of accepted safety for use of salvia divinorum under medical supervision. In Ohio, it is also placed under Schedule 1.
The first attempt to put end on salvias legality in Ohio began on May 9, 2007 when Representative Thom Collier introduced a bill that would place it under schedule one of controlled substances along with marijuana. In the first version though, salvinorin-A was not included and was only amended later on. It is one of the few states where there is only single attempt to ban salvia and succeeded. That event was possibly triggered because of a certain scenario which salvia was involved indirectly. Representative Thom Collier, who introduced the bill, said that he was seized for the event of killing of a Loudonville boy by his friend who have a history of salvia use. However, Collier had admitted that there is no sufficient evidence that salvia divinorum was directly involved in the murder. On April 25, 2008, the house lawmakers voted for the bill and it was passed unanimously. It was on December 16, 2008 when the senate legislators also did the same and Governor Tod Strickland signed it into law on January 6, 2009 and was effective since April 7, 2009.
As you can see, people see the negative effects of salvia divinorum on people who use this only for the sake of recreation, which was completely a false way to use it. However, salvia divinorum remains legal on most of the US states and the rest of the world.
A minority of salvia users still resides in the state because they rarely see cops roaming the place. In addition, there are certain websites that lets someone order salvia divinorum online in a very discreet manner. Often these companies issues receipt for the payment of merchandise and put it in a deceptive box with a label of air mail or package for with the true content of salvia divinorum. However, you cannot rely completely on the security of those vendors because there is still a chance (though very slim) that you are caught and the vendor will get the major punishment for shipping an illegal substance into Ohio.
The time will still decide whether salvia will remain in the illegal status. If ever the potential capabilities of salvia divinorum to treat major chronic diseases are proved true, then it might be released from illegality and the stigma of legal high will be vanished.